U.S. Fires Quadrupled in Size, Tripled in Frequency in 20 Years

April 11, 2022 5:48 pm

Source: https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/styles/featured_image/public/external-news/thumbnail-images/fws-incheliumcomplexfire-wa-2020-byksbrooksfws-2-sm.jpg?itok=qFlJI-VA

Throughout the 2000s, fires increased in number, size, and frequency across the contiguous United States compared with the previous two decades, new research has shown. These fire pattern changes, which threaten human and ecosystem health, are attributed to a combination of climate change impacts and human expansion into new and burnable land.

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